Wednesday, November 17, 2010
12:00 p.m.


Alumni House

Joy Ogwu

Ambassador Joy Ogwu“Nigeria’s Strategic Role in West Africa”

Joy Ogwu
Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations

Ambassador Ogwu has a vast background in foreign affairs. She formerly served as the foreign minster of Nigeria, the second woman in Nigerian history to hold that position. Before her ministerial career, Ms. Ogwu became the first female director-general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. Ms. Ogwu served as presidential delegate and special adviser to the Nigerian delegation to the UN General assembly since 1988. Additionally, she serves on the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and was formerly the chair of the Board of Trustees of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.

She has authored several books on Nigerian foreign policy. Her work has been published extensively in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Croatian. Ms. Ogwu is a voice for women’s development and human rights. She has written on the strengthening of relations between Africa and Latin America. In 2002, she received the Diplomatic Excellence Award presented by the Society of International Law and Diplomacy.

She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Rutgers University before receiving her Ph.D., also in political science, from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.